The route through the museum, which winds its way through the halls of Palazzo Sanguinetti and their series of frescoes, retraces almost six centuries of European modern music history, with more than a hundred portraits of the most famous musicians and a considerable collection of ancient musical instruments, which is remarkably complemented with a wide range of historic documents: music scores, essays, librettos, letters, manuscripts, authentic scores, all inherited from Padre Martini, one of the most illustrious figures of the European musical scene of the 18th century. Among these outstanding collections are documents that stand out for their historical and musical relevance: the Harmonice musices Odhecaton A, the only recovered example of the first musical printed books, realized in 1501 by Ottaviano Petrucci; the “mysterious” composition by Mozart (the authentic antiphon edited by Mozart for the admission to the Accademia Filarmonica); the complete collection of the Euridice 1600-01 edition; the authentic handwritten score of Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini. The instrument collection includes the armonia di flauti by Manfredo Settala (1650) and the Clavemusicum by Vito Trasuntino (1606). Among the portraits of Vivaldi, Händel, Gluck, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Wagner, especially noteworthy are the portrait of J. C. Bach by Gainsborough, the portrait of a twenty-year-old Mozart, the portrait of Farinelli by Corrado Giaquinto and the famous Libreria Musicale by Giuseppe Maria Crespi.
On the ground floor, a separate wing is reserved for Otello Bignami’s workshop for lute reconstruction.
On January 1st 2013 the music library was also transferred to palazzo Saguinetti.
The bibliographic collection of Padre Martini is one of the most prestigious in the world: it is a part of the museum’s patrimony, counting almost 118,000 documents (including 6,000 manuscripts, a collection of 12,000 librettos and more than 5000 letters) and is especially important for its collection of printed music from 1500-1700.
Museo internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica
Palazzo Sanguinetti, Strada Maggiore 34, 40121 Bologna
tel. +39 051 2757711
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